VOLUME 30, NUMBER 33 THURSDAY, May 20, 1999

send this article to a friend Final Reporter for spring semester
This issue of the Reporter-both print and electronic-is the last for the spring semester. There will be two issues during the summer on June 24 and July 22. The publication of weekly issues for the fall semester will begin on Aug. 26. Faculty, staff, students and alums who are away from campus can stay in touch witht UB by reading the Reporter on the World Wide Web at http://www.buffalo.edu/reporter.

Cai receives Humboldt Research Award
Cai Jin-Yi Cai, professor of computer science and engineering, has been awarded the Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is one of 62 international researchers this year to receive the award, which originates in Germany and is presented to foreign scholars to allow them to conduct research at German institutes.

Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Computer Science in 1994 and a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1990. He received the Hao Wang Prize at the 1997 International Computing and Combinatorics Conference. Cai, who joined the UB faculty in 1993, is a member of the Scientific Board for the Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity and author of more than 60 research papers. He is associate editor of several journals in the field.

Paras Prasad wins Schoellkopf Medal
Paras N. Prasad, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and a professor in the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the 1999 Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal from the Western New York Section of the American Chemical Society at the group's annual dinner Tuesday.

Prasad, a UB faculty member since 1974, was cited "for his outstanding achievements in spectroscopy and materials science specifically focused on photonics technology."

An internationally-recognized leader in the field of optics and spectrometry, he is founder and director of the Photonics Research Laboratory at UB. Prasad recently was named Samuel P. Capen Professor of Chemistry. The author of more than 325 scientific publications and co-author of seven books, he is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Optical Society of America. He has received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Workshop on promotion procedures set for June 22
A "nuts and bolts" workshop on promotion procedures for professional staff will be held from 9-11 a.m. June 22 in 225 Natural Sciences Complex on the North Campus.

The workshop, designed for professional-staff employees and supervisors of professional staff, is sponsored by the UUP Center and Health Sciences chapters, UB Human Resources, New York State United Teachers, the Professional Staff Senate and the Faculty Senate.

A panel of experts will provide information and answer questions on promotion procedures for UUP-represented employees. Topics to be covered will include eligibility for promotions, whose responsibility it is to submit the request for promotion, when should a promotion be requested, guidelines on promotion for professional employees, procedures for requesting a promotion and the appeals process when a request for a promotion has been denied.

In addition, a workgroup will be formed to give guidance to those preparing a dossier.

Reservations for the workshop must be made by June 18 by calling the UUP office at 645-2013.

Innus to discuss Y2K at alumni lunch
When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, will bank accounts vanish? Shoppers stampede supermarkets? The Y2K "cyber-bogeyman" crash our computer-controlled civilization?

Voldemar Innus, senior associate vice president for university services and chief information officer, will separate "cyberfact" from "cyberfiction" at the UB Senior Alumni Luncheon, to be held at noon June 2 in the Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus.

The cost of the luncheon, designed for UB senior alumni, their spouses and guests, is $10 per person.

For more information or to make reservations, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 829-2608.

Headrick named acting dean of School of Architecture and Planning
Headrick Thomas E. Headrick, senior counselor to President William R. Greiner and former provost, has been named acting dean of the School of Architecture and Planning by Provost David Triggle. Headrick will fill in for Bruno Freschi, who will take a one-year sabbatical, effective Aug. 1.

Freschi, who has served as dean since 1989, will travel to Italy and Morocco during the leave, and will assist the Moroccan government in designing a cultural center.

Headrick, who stepped down as UB provost Jan. 1, has held a variety of academic and administrative positions during his more than two decades at UB. He joined the faculty in 1976 as dean of the Law School, holding that position until 1985, when he returned to the faculty as a full professor.

He also has served as interim dean of the former Faculty of Arts and Letters and as chair of the General Assembly of the former Undergraduate College.

Densmore writes modern biography of Red Jacket
Red Jacket "Red Jacket: Iroquois Diplomat and Orator," a new book by Archivist Christopher Densmore, is the first modern biography of the legendary Seneca Indian who represented the Iroquois Nation in some of the most important diplomatic missions of his lifetime.

Tried as a witch, admired and feared by the Europeans, mocked as a coward, accused of betraying his people, the formidable Iroquois diplomat Red Jacket was one of the most compelling and controversial figures of his time.

Densmore's book, published by Syracuse University Press, explores Red Jacket's life, accomplishments and the role he played for the enormous and powerful Iroquois Nation in its treaty negotiations with the U.S. government under every president from George Washington to Andrew Jackson.

Red Jacket-his real name was Sagoyewatha-was distinguished for having held firmly to his insistence on the rights of native peoples to their own land, beliefs, traditions, government and way of life, independent of the encroaching American influence.

He also held out for the peaceful settlement of disputes through diplomatic interaction.

Densmore's research was complicated by the fact that Red Jacket neither spoke nor wrote English and his diplomatic skills and oratorical accomplishments were reported by witnesses, sometimes years later.

Gift to establish high-tech accounting classroom
Louis DiBerardino, a tax partner in the Cincinnati office of Ernst & Young and a 1980 graduate of the accounting program in the School of Management, has partnered with his firm to make a $60,000 gift to the School of Management to create a high-technology accounting classroom.

Construction of the new classroom, to be located in 122 Jacobs Management Center on the North Campus, will begin this summer. The facility will use state-of-the-art accounting software and Internet access to enhance teaching effectiveness and provide students with real-world instruction on emerging accounting practices.

The classroom also will offer a professional environment for delivery of continuing-education courses and seminars, which will help the school generate additional revenues to benefit all curriculums. Bill Heninger, assistant professor of accounting and law, will serve as the classroom's faculty manager.

"The generosity of Mr. DiBerardino and Ernst & Young significantly enhances the Department of Accounting and Law's commitment to providing our students with the highest quality education experience," says Lewis Mandell, dean of the School of Management.

Creative problem-solvers to gather at UB
What is billed as the "largest creative gathering on the planet," the 45th Creative Problem Solving Institute will be held at UB June 20-25.

Nearly 1,000 adults and teens from more than 30 countries will gather on the North Campus for the institute, sponsored by the Creative Education Foundation, to develop strategies for creatively dealing with those life "lemons" that inevitably turn up and appear to be problems but really are challenges and opportunities in disguise.

The keynote speaker will be Diane Ackerman, author of the bestseller, "A Natural History of the Senses." Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Parade, National Geographic and other publications.

Children's author Levy to speak
Levy Elizabeth Levy, Buffalo native and the author of more than 70 children's books, will discuss the role of humor in children's literature during a presentation at 7 p.m. June 14 in the Student Union Theatre on the North Campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m. Children are welcome.

It is sponsored by the UB student chapter of the American Library Association, the Graduate Student Association, UB Child Care Center, the School Librarians' Association of Western New York, the Educational Leadership and Policy Student Association and the Language and Instruction Graduate Student Association.

Levy is best-known for her humorous mysteries, including the "Something QueerŠ," "Brian and Pea Brain" and "Invisible, Inc." series. Her most recent books are "The Drowned," a tale of the supernatural, and a picture book, "Cleo and the Coyote."

She travels extensively, visiting schools and libraries throughout the country and around the world.

To reserve a seat for Levy's lecture, call 645-3021 or email silslab@acsu.buffalo.edu.

Database for Lower Great Lakes developed as reference tool
Database A searchable database on the Lower Great Lakes has been developed by the Great Lakes Program at UB and New York Sea Grant.

Its purpose is to provide researchers, legislators, staff members, agency representatives, administrators, Sea Grant extension staff and students with resources and contacts for joint projects and collaborations involved with Great Lakes management and protection.

The database was developed specifically to provide the recently organized New York Coalition of Great Lakes Legislators with useable reference tools that they could easily access in order to better understand the players and policies that influence Great Lakes management issues.

"There are over 650 organizations and agencies that have some sort of governance mandate in the Great Lakes basin," said Joseph V. DePinto, director of the Great Lakes Program and professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering. "This database is sorely needed by all stakeholders as a means of determining who to contact with questions or comments on the many important issues facing Great Lakes basin residents."

It was developed by DePinto and Helen Domske, associate director and New York Sea Grant extension specialist, with support from New York Sea Grant, the Great Lakes Program and the Great Lakes Research Consortium.

"This project is an excellent example of how well the partnership between the Great Lakes Program at UB and New York Sea Grant has worked to serve Western New York and the whole state with respect to information and education on its most precious natural resource," said DePinto.

The database is accessible from the Great Lakes Program Web site at http://wings.buffalo.edu/glp.

Currently, to run the database, users must have ACCESS97 under Windows 95/98/NT. By mid-summer, the database will be searchable from the Web site.

CEL receives Coleman grant for entrepreneurial internships
The Coleman Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) in the School of Management for development of a program that partners CEL with the school's internship program.

The proposed program will introduce undergraduate students to the responsibilities, rewards and risks of entrepreneurship by placing them in internships at businesses owned by CEL entrepreneurs, according to CEL Director Marianne Sullivan. The students will be required to analyze and discuss their internship experiences as real-life case studies of how businesses operate and function.

"The grant provides an opportunity to link two of the school's most successful outreach programs for the benefit of students who have an interest in becoming entrepreneurs," said Lewis Mandell, dean of the School of Management.

CEL was one of 10 educational programs nationwide to be awarded the grant by the Coleman Foundation, established in 1951 by the late Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Stetson Coleman, founders of Fannie May Candies. The foundation supports education programs that reflect its philosophy of "self-sufficiency through self-employment."

Established in 1987, CEL has helped more than 250 Western New York business owners grow and refine their businesses. The School of Management's internship program annually places more than 300 students in internships that provide hands-on training in accounting, finance, human resources, internal auditing, management systems or marketing.

Hate-crimes forum to be held
A public forum on hate crimes will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus.

Kenneth S. Stern, program specialist on extremism, bigotry and anti-Semitism for the American Jewish Committee (AJC), will be the keynote speaker at the forum, which is free of charge and open to the public.

First Amendment and church/state implications involving hate crimes, community involvement, hate-crimes language, education and legislation/litigation will be addressed during the panel discussion.

Panelists will be attorney David Jay; Barbra A. Kavanaugh, assistant attorney general in charge of the Buffalo regional office; Frank B. Mesiah, president of the Buffalo Chapter of the NAACP, and Allan Richards, field organizer for the Empire State Pride Agenda.

The forum is sponsored by the American Jewish Committee of Western New York in cooperation with the UB Law School, the community-relations committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, the Empire State Pride Agenda, the League of Women Voters of Greater Buffalo and the Network of Religious Communities.

For information, call the AJC office at 877-6234.

Regatta set for June 5
The Zoar Valley Paddling Club and the UB Office of Outdoor Pursuits will hold the 5th annual "Dice Fun Run" regatta June 5 on Cattaraugus Creek from Gowanda to Versailles.

During the regatta, which will benefit Tri-County Memorial Hospital, participants will canoe down the Cattaraugus Creek from Gowanda to downtown Versailles. Along the way, there will be checkpoints where participants can stop and have the opportunity to win prizes.

At the end of the trip, there will be a barbecue cookout for all participants featuring music, food and prizes.

Entries received before Monday are $20 per person; all entries received after that date will be $30 per person.

Paths, Peaks and Paddles will offer specials for canoe, paddles and life-jacket rentals for participants. They can be reached at 625-4493.

For more information, call Russ Crispell, UB coordinator of outdoor pursuits, at 645-2285.

MFC to note birthday with reception, theater performance
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Millard Fillmore College (MFC), the college will host a private reception Tuesday in the Bijou Grille for more than 150 MFC alumni.

Following the reception, alumni will attend a performance of "The Phantom of the Opera" at Shea's Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the events are sold out.

An MFC 75th anniversary exhibit is on display now in the Capen Hall lobby. The exhibit will move to the Bijou Grille for Tuesday's reception, then to the Buffalo Historical Society, where it will remain for the summer.

Pamela Keen named director of TCIE
Pamela H. Keen has been named director of The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE), UB Business Alliance. Keen, director of TCIE's training services since 1993, succeeds Rebecca Landy, who now serves as chief operating officer of the UB Business Alliance.

TCIE, affiliated with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, offers training programs, research-and-development assistance, technical assistance and assessments, and translation services. As director of TCIE, Keen's responsibilities will include business development and management, budgeting, purchasing, contract negotiations and financial reporting.

Athletes of the Year
Shelly Hamilton and Steve Butcher were named Female and Male Athletes of the Year by the Division of Athletics at the annual year-end athletic banquet held recently in Samuel's Grand Manor.

Hamilton was the first female athlete at UB to become a Division I All-American with her 12th-place finish in the high jump at last year's NCAA Track and Field Championships. Hamilton broke the school record for the high jump with a mark of 5'11.25" set during the UB Open, held the first weekend in May. With that effort, she also qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships that will be held June 2-5 at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.

Butcher had a record-setting season as a member of the soccer team, finishing with a school-record 18 goals, seven assists and another school-record 43 points on the season. He also set school records for career goals and career points scored.

A junior, Butcher led the Mid-American Conference in goals and points, and finished 12th in the nation in goals scored and 14th in points scored. He was named a MAC first-team, All-Conference selection, as well as being named to the MAC All-Tournament team.

Rich Skrabucha, a member of the men's cross-country team, was honored at the banquet with the Skerker Scholar Award. The Skerker Award is given to the student-athlete who shows strong determination, both on the field of competition as well as in the classroom.

The men's soccer team was awarded the Quantum Leap Award for most-improved program. The team finished the year with a 13-8 record, a five-game improvement from the previous season, and opened the season with a win over Michigan State.

Yendells' gift will endow scholarships at School of Management
When Bob Yendell graduated from Kensington High School in 1942 at the age of 15, he had no intention of enrolling in college, even though he had excelled in his studies. After all, no one in his family had ever attended college. Fortunately, Yendell's homeroom teacher recognized his potential and encouraged him to apply for a $200 merit scholarship to the University of Buffalo, which he was awarded. Yendell would go on to graduate with honors from the School of Management in 1947 and then embark on a very successful, five-decade-long career in industrial accounting.

To demonstrate his gratitude to the teacher who encouraged his college studies, and to others who had positively impacted his life, Yendell and his wife, Nancy, last week gave $100,000 to the School of Management to endow undergraduate scholarships at the school.

While walking across UB's South Campus last week, Yendell, who now resides in Chattanooga, Tenn., reflected on the path that his life has taken - from his years at UB, to his brief stint in the Navy, to his career at Sylvania Electric in Buffalo and eventually at Knowlton Brothers in Tennessee, from which he would retire.

"I feel very lucky to have had people all my life who have encouraged me to succeed," says Yendell. "Now I feel good that I can help others achieve their goals."

Beginning in the fall semester of 2000, the Robert and Nancy Yendell Scholarships will begin to be awarded to deserving School of Management undergraduate students.

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